Paul Deegan’s filly, a daughter of Lilbourne Lad, ran a race full of promise when second to Miss Katie Mae on her debut at the Curragh, form boosted when the third Vitello scored at Fairyhouse. With that experience under her belt, and likely to be suited by the extra furlong tonight, Spinamiss should prove tough to beat, with David Wachman’s Flirt, third to Vitello at Fairyhouse last time, her biggest threat.
Fourth in last year’s Racing Post Trophy, Jacobean has proven costly to follow in three starts this season. A beaten favourite twice, he was no match for subsequent listed winner Radanpour at Gowran Park last time.
Aidan O’Brien’s charge has looked quirky more than once. But he clearly has ability and, encountering fast ground for the first time, he might prove too strong for Chenega Bay and Seafort in the opener.
Meanwhile, the classy Bayan should register his first success of 2015 in the Megan McManus Memorial Hurdle in Down Royal. Gordon Elliott’ charge, which will be ridden by talented claimer Jack Kennedy, finished second to Thomas Edison in last year’s Galway Hurdle and won the valuable Ladbroke at Ascot in December.
Since then, he finished in the frame once in three starts, filling fourth spot behind Polly Peachum in a listed event in Sandown.